Chief Secretary Minnie Mathew on Wednesday urged officials to impress upon farmers in Prakasam district to go for dry crops in view of shortage of water and power.

Holding a video conference with District Collector Anita Rajendra and other officials, she said farmers should be encouraged to cultivate pulses, edible oil and coarse food-grains during Rabi instead of Paddy which consumed more water. Ms. Rajendra said Paddy had been cultivated only 20,000 hectares.

A strict vigil was being maintained to prevent misuse of precious water and ensure that water reached the farmers in the tail-end areas.

The power sub-stations at Yerragondapalem and Dornala were overhauled to ensure power to peasants without any disruptions to energise their pumpsets, she added.